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drank White Cacao Mint by Spicely Organics
1144 tasting notes

Not getting a lot of cacao or cocoa in this at all, other than perhaps in mouthfeel. I do get the mint – it’s soft and velvety, and surprisingly buttery/thick for a while tea. It’s okay, in that it’s a lovely tea, just not as billed.

Flavors: Butter, Mint, Thick

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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A new tea from the lovely MissB.

This is not really what I was expecting, and unfortunately I don’t really like it that much. There’s a LOT of cinnamon in it. A LOT. Wow. In fact, where’s the chocolate? There’s cinnamon, a hint of vanilla, and a strong stevia aftertaste.

Dry it smelled really good and balanced, but steeped, I’m afraid I don’t care for it at all. If it were cinnamon and vanilla, with no chocolate or stevia, I think it would be a lot better.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I normally don’t like chocolate teas because they have this sort of “wisp” of chocolate that makes me just wish it were the real thing. But the base tea is very rich and nutty and gives the chocolate a little thickness that makes it not taste watery at all. The jasmine is very present as well, and it all works together. I really really enjoyed this.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I think I hate this tea. I was trying to be generous, and think that I only dislike it, but I really feel like this tea is weird, unnatural, and unpleasant.
And yet I insist on sipping it down. What up with that, eh?
But we are not there yet. I may yet change my mind.

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45

I am, apparently, an optimist. I have not enjoyed this tea. Its weirdly herbal, not a lot of fruit flavor, and even less tea flavor. It has not been a liked tea.
But, I don’t hate it to the point of throwing it out. I’m a person who is determined to use up even not very well liked things. Maybe today, with hot water and a long steep, it will be alright?
Nope. This is still weirdly herbal, a sour note, with a hint of the orange flavor. Nope, nope, nope. Stay away, friends.
That said, I don’t have much left. I might still try to sip this down.

bizbee1

Hah I do that too and when all else fails I cold steep it with a bagged black and try it iced. This does not sound tasty!

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45

Ok, I don’t think this has any tea in it. It tastes herbal, and a medicinal herbal at that. I can barely see the leaf in it, for all the giant red things (that I assume are freeze dried raspberries, but they look like fruitiy pebbles.)
Blerhg. Not impressed at all.

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Take two of this tea has not improved my opinion.
It claims it is a black tea, but it tastes so herbal, and medicially herbal as well. Bleh.
I am not super impressed. I had hopes for this company as it was easily avalible, so I hoped that I could find decent tea. Judging from this one, I don’t think I’ll be getting more from this brand.

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So I picked some of this up from my local Whole Foods on a whim. It had been a while since I bought a new tea, and this one sounded summery and interesting. I had visions of a raspberry style creamsicle, and I like fruity black teas. Worth a shot, anyway!
This is an unusual blend. For starts, its super colorful. Lots of cornflower petals, bits of orange peel, and what look like Fruity Pebbles but must be the raspberries. Not a lot of actual tea, in comparison.
Brewed up, this has a strong flavor of herbs, and just a hint of a brighter fruit note, but not enough for me to tell if it was the raspberry or the orange.
Hmm. I’m not impressed by the first brewing. I’ve got a bit more (though not a great deal, thank goodness), so I can experiment a bit more.

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I got this chai from the World Tea Expo along with TEA INFUSED CHOCOLATES!

Anyways, this is a pretty good rooibos chai. This one does not skimp out on spices, so with a longer steep you’ll get more spice and less rooibos (a win for me). The key in this chai is the BIG chunks of vanilla bean which add a great creamyness to the chai.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl. Plus a tasting of tea infused chocolates! http://oolongowl.com/spicely-tea-infused-chocolates-chai-rooibos-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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Oh stevia, you ruin everything.

I hate stevia. I hate all fake sugar but stevia might be the worst to me. It is metallic and weird and this probably could have been a great tea. Why why why add a sweetening agent when people could just choose to sweeten on their own?

If you don’t hate stevia, you might like this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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84

Good afternoon Steepster…
I was in a pretty good mood until I got home from taking a walk. I asked my work to send me some boxes a few weeks ago with my personal belongings and they arrived today. I forgot how much tea I was keeping at the office, now I have LOTS of tea, my gosh.

Aside form being reunited with my tea collection, I’m just feeling really sad about not having a job. I was ready to move on from these people anyway but it would have been good if they had treated me better after the 9 years I was working there. I see they are still advertising my position though, maybe nobody else wants it? lol

Anyway as to this tea, it isn’t on the Spicely company website and I’ve no idea why, so no picture. Sorry. This looks to be a Chinese green tea with coconut shreds. It has a nice coconut-vanilla flavor, although not the best coconut tea I’ve had by far. Here’s a nice nutty flavor in this as well. Glad to have this one back, now I just have to figure out where I am going to put all this tea that I got back… :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mrmopar

Back into the cupboard for a Sunny Day! It’s on the horizon you just have to wait till that Sunrise!

TeaBrat

Thank you :-)

MzPriss

What mrmopar said

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I picked this up from the Spicely store down on Market Street just because I like tulsi and it’s relaxing. the flavor of this one is a little “meh”, however, mostly it is tulsi and there’s not very much ginger involved it would seem. I suppose I could add my own and maybe I will next time!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Backlog:

I was actually impressed by this blend, and I didn’t expect to be. The ginger is nice and zesty. It’s spicy but not too hot and it is an interesting contrast to the honey-like sweetness and woodsy tones of the rooibos.

Also very nice on a sore throat.

A simple blend but I enjoyed it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/04/16/organic-ginger-calendula-rooibos-tea-spicely-organics/

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78
drank Rooibos Chai by Spicely Organics
2475 tasting notes

I’ve never really been a fan of “tea ball” type infusers, they either fall apart or they don’t allow enough surface area with the water to allow a proper brewing. I got a free teaball with a recent tea order (can’t remember which one, sorry). It’s already making a big mess in my cup. :(

This isn’t my favorite rooibos chai because it needs more spices. But it is good as a bedtime tea, especially with a shot of Fireball thrown in (the cinnamon flavored whisky). TGIF!

In other tea geekey news, I am seasoning a yixing teapot that I got for black teas. I will probably do a blog about it soon but I did drink a pot of tea that came out of the yixing this morning and it wasn’t bad. I think I noticed a slight clay taste so I am doing a couple more throw away steepings with cheap tea in order to break it in a bit more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

Leave the brew inside overnight.

boychik

Oh I can’t wait to see it. Not that I need another pot ;)

Fjellrev

Ech, tea balls are such a pain. Can’t believe I used to swear by it.

TeaBrat

@boychik – yes I did that already :)
Fjellrev – Agreed!

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78
drank Rooibos Chai by Spicely Organics
2475 tasting notes

Tisane of the afternoon here from Spicely, this was one I bought last week after my acupuncture appointment.

Although this says it’s a rooibos chai, it is lacking in flavors you would normally associate with a chai, such as ginger, cloves and black pepper, etc. Instead it has cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs and cardamom. This makes for a very mellow concoction that’s a decent dessert tea. I guess I was hoping for something slightly spicier and could definitely add my own ingredients if I wanted to to sort of perk it up a bit. This isn’t a bad rooibos blend it just doesn’t seem that much like a chai to me. It’s fairly tasty though, I like this one with soymilk and it doesn’t really need sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Organic Love by Spicely Organics
4458 tasting notes

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It smells amazing and it’s tasty too. The peppermint is the strongest flavor of the four ingredients, but it’s not an overwhelming flavor. It doesn’t taste mouthwash-y, instead, there is a lovely, sweet peppermint note that plays well with the notes of lavender, rose and white tea.

The lavender is quite subtle here. I didn’t have to strain myself to notice it or anything, it was strong enough to be tasted, but, it didn’t give off a soapy taste. The same is true of the rose, and together these offered more of a “floral presence” rather than strong, distinctive, individual notes.

The white peony is delicate and has a sweet, light, crisp flavor. Overall, a really delightful cup. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/27/organic-love-white-tea-spicely-organics/

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86
drank Unwind by Spicely Organics
4458 tasting notes

Backlog:

Read my full-length review of this tisane here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/19/organic-unwind-tulsi-tisane-spicely-organics/

A fairly simple ingredient list, but out of the simplicity comes a very tasty tisane.

Strong cinnamon notes, but not like a sweet, red-hot candy cinnamon, nor does it taste too spicy. In my original review of this tea, I write that it’s more like the cinnamon you’d sprinkle on your toast or over your oatmeal.

The tulsi is basil-like, and while basil and cinnamon are two flavors from my spice cabinet that I wouldn’t think of mixing together, it works. Sweet yet savory: warm, zingy and pleasant.

The rose offers a nice floral undertone. A very nice, calming blend.

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drank Kukicha Citron by Spicely Organics
2475 tasting notes

I picked this tea up after my acupuncture appt. today at the Spicely store on Market Street. They have some unique blends and I don’t think I’ve ever had a blended kukicha before so I thought I would give this one a try.

Instructions say to steep this at 180 f for 2 minutes. This is the roasted kukicha and I definitely think this could be steeped at a much hotter temperature. It’s a light mix of green tea, orange and fennel and it’s pleasant for the afternoon I am having. I ended up doing a second steep with boiling water and it seemed fine that way. This is a very pleasant cuppa though it isn’t destined to be a huge favorite of mine.

It looks like I am going back to work on Monday part time! I hope I manage to survive it. I am still not sleeping very much… :(

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
CharlotteZero

I’m happy for you that you’re going back to work…I think that’s a good thing?

TeaBrat

I don’t know, I wish I didn’t have to!

CharlotteZero

I’m sorry. :-( I also hope your sleep improves…

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Very tasty! As some of you are probably very aware, I don’t usually get excited over Pu-erh (the opposite, usually I put off trying a Pu-erh, which really isn’t fair that I do that, because I do usually like the tea, but my initial reaction comes from my first few experiences with Pu-erh which were not favorable.) But this is a pretty good blend. I love the combination of vanilla cinnamon and chocolate.

The earthy qualities of the puerh really complement the chocolate and the cinnamon nicely, and the vanilla gives it a nice, creamy taste. I wish the stevia wasn’t in it, but that’s really my only big complaint about this blend.

A very well-crafted blend: I highly recommend it.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/12/organic-vanilla-chocolate-delight-pu-erh-tea-from-spicely-organics/

TeaBrat

How exciting, they finally got their teas put up on the website!

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I really, really liked this. I didn’t know quite what to expect from it … I mean, I love Jasmine as some of you are probably aware, and I LOVE chocolate (I’ve never really made any secret of my chocoholicism have I?) But these were two flavors that I wasn’t too sure about combining.

But it works! And I think it works because of the Hojicha base. The roasty-toasty, nutty flavors of the hojicha meld beautifully with both the jasmine and the chocolate notes. The jasmine here is subtle, it is more of a background note, but it does add some interest and dimension to the cup.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/25/organic-jasmine-cacao-green-tea-from-spicely-organics/ This one is so interesting and different … if you’re one who appreciates those kinds of teas – you really should try this one!

MissB

Jasmine cocoa? Fascinating flavor combination.

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Yay! Earl Grey!

I love Earl Grey tea. I love bergamot … and this is a really good Earl Grey!

The bergamot is strong but not soapy. It tastes bright and tangy, and there is a nice floral note that works its way through the sip. The black tea base is present, it doesn’t get overpowered by the bergamot, there is a nice balance between black tea flavor and bergamot. The black tea has notes of earth and even wisps of smoke in the distance. It’s a very flavorful black tea base.

I really like this Earl Grey. I love that it’s organic. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/02/16/organic-earl-grey-tea-from-spicely-organics/

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